Steel, brass, gilding, fish skin textile; leather, brass, gilding
Overall: 35 1/2 x 5 x 2 3/4 in. ( 90.2 x 12.7 x 7 cm )
etched: on obverse of blade: "W. L. NICOLL."
in relief: on brass disk inset on obverse of blade below hilt: "PROVED"
etched: on reverse of blade: "JOSEPH / STARKEY / CONDUIT St / LONDON" and "U. S. N."
in relief: on underside of counter-guard: "USN"
Sword with very slightly curved, single-edged steel blade with etched scroll motifs, six-pointed star, naval insignia, and name of owner on obverse, and scroll motifs, naval and eagle insignia, and initials "U.S.N." on reverse; gilded brass counter-guard with openwork oak leaf and acorn motif with "USN" molded in relief on underside; grip covered in fish skin and wrapped with wire; Phrygian helmet-shaped brass pommel with oak leaf and acorn border and separately cast cap with eagle framed by thirteen stars; dolphin head at end of knuckle bow joining pommel, and dolphin head finial on quillon; tassel on long strip of gold metallic cloth tape joined to hilt; black leather scabbard (now broken in pieces, b-c), with gilded brasss mounts with embossed oak leaf and acorn bands flanking carrying ring mounts, which are cast in high relief and resemble knotted rope (tip missing).
Gift of William Leonard Nicoll
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